Kota Kinabalu is the capital city of Sabah State, Malaysia. Finding halal food is not hard indeed. Be relax, but not careless. Some stalls hire hijabi employers so you think they sell halal foods, but in fact it’s not. Observe the menu well. Ask people. Etc. We were informed by our guesthouse receptionist about that kind of food stalls (thank you, sis). Most of Malaysian foods are the type of Melayu food, Indian food, and Chinese food. They are the major ethnics in Malaysia. But, for halal one, we can say it’s safe to choose either Melayu food or Indian food (mostly they’re vegetarian. If not, the menu rarely contain pork). Chinese food could contain pork, but maybe some aren’t (you have to be very carefully, though). As for us, we only look for the two we mentioned before. Here is the list of foods we ate back there. Maybe the information will bring any benefit to you.
Nasi Biryani (Biryani rice) we ate at South Indian restaurant named New Rahmat, in front of our guesthouse at Kampung Air. It’s good, a must try.
- Plain Biryani (only with boiling egg) : 3,5 RM
- Added fried chicken : 3,5 RM
- Added chilli eggplant : 1,5 RM
Nasi Goreng Kampung (village fried rice) we took away from South Indian restaurant named New Rahmat, in front of our guesthouse at Kampung Air. It’s fried rice mixed with anchovy. The taste is savory and spicy (adjustable).
- Nasi goreng kampung : 6 RM
Just the ice creams we ate after a hot and long tiring walk around the city. It’s from dessert cafe named Vedablu around Sunday market.
- Coconut ice cream + chocolate ice cream (both with sprinkles topping) : 14,8 RM
Beverages we had at Tanjung Aru beach. A lot of stalls in the corner of the beach, selling fresh seafood, beverages, and other foods. We still full, so we only order beverages.
- (Thick) mango juice : 8 RM (very nice)
- Cendol : 4 RM (if you’re not from Southeast Asia and confused what it is, just google it. We can’t think any translation to English for this one. Anyway, we have it in our country too.)
It’s a late snack. More of, “wanna try?” North Indian food. We taste South Indian restaurant more often because they’re Indian Muslim so we can worry less about the food. When we were in a night walk back from night market, seeing North Indian restaurant makes us wonder the differences of both. Letalone, seeing the logo halal in front of it. We entered and… it’s kind of rather expensive restaurant, not low budget type. We looked the menu, trying to find something interesting and not too expensive which means light food (snacks) only. Kind of awkward though, because we only ordered 1 appetizer and 1 dessert, lol. And our appearance somewhat messy because we have walking all day long. But, yeah, who cares. None will ever see us again though, lol.
- Onion Bhaji : 10,90 RM. It’s flour mixed with vegetables, onions, and squids.
- Ice cream Khulfi almond : 6,9 RM. It’s yoghurt ice cream with almond.
The area for sitting is nice. There are room space and open space. The open space directly facing the sea. You can see a nice night view of sea from there with light sparkling from ship afar. Now we know why the restaurant is expensive.
Martabak sayur (vegetable mix pancake) we ate at South Indian restaurant named New Rahmat, in front of our guesthouse at Kampung Air.
- Martabak sayur : 4 RM
- Teh O sejuk : 2 RM
- Milo susu panas : 2 RM
- Teh tarik (tea + milk) if you like. But i don’t.